Galena receives Community Block Development (CDBG) Grant
At the Village of Galena’s December meeting held Monday, December 17, Council learned that the Village has been awarded a Community Block Development (CDBG) grant to create Americans With Disabilities (ADA) access to the lower level of the new Village Hall. The $57,300 project includes $34,200 in CDBG funds, $11,700 in revolving loan funds, and $11,400 from the Village. The project will involve removing the front steps of the building, sidewalks, and the hill on Harrison Street to make a level access to the lower level of the building.
In her report to Council, Interim Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell noted the Village’s offices are set up with all technology operational with lots of reorganizing still in process. External and internal signs have been installed. An external bulletin board and drop box will be installed soon.
Burrell reported that no bids were received to sell the Village’s Municipal Building on the square. Council went into executive session to discuss options.
The Village learned that its Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) grant application through Clean Ohio Trail Funds was not approved for 2013. Burrell said the Village will use Old 3C Highway as a temporary bike route until all pieces of the trail are completed. She is working with OTET to finalize sign language for large signs being created through an OTET sign grant.
Del-Co Water and Columbia Gas have completed their line relocation work in preparation for the reconstruction of Walnut Street. The Village is also working with the Big Walnut School administration on survey issues related to the old school administration building and the Walnut Street Phase 4 realignment of the Walnut and Harrison streets intersection. The Village is also developing a parking lot agreement for sharing the school and Village’s parking lots.
John Hower, from Rinehart, Danner and Associates, reviewed the Village’s insurance policy through the Ohio Plan for 2013.
Residents are reminded that if they received a subpoena for overdue income taxes from the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), they should meet RITA official to discuss delinquencies between the hours 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., on Monday, February 11 at Village Hall.
Council held second readings on personnel resolutions for 2013, including hiring Burrell as the Village Administrator and Deputy Zoning Inspector; Sally Hopper as Zoning and Planning Clerk; Marty Mazzie as Fiscal Officer; Michelle Dearth as Assistant Fiscal Officer; Dave LaValle as Zoning Inspector, Flood Plain Administrator and Property Maintenance Official; and Ken Molnar as Village Solicitor. A second reading also was held on job description revisions. Council approved a resolution to compensate Mayor Tom Hopper for extra time spent working on the Village Hall and filling in during two job vacancies during the year.
Council held a second reading on an annual 3 percent sewer fee increase. Discussion was held about the cost of various upcoming projects such as a buying a generator and investigating storm water inflow and infiltration into the sewer system.
A three-year extension of the Miller Farm development plan was approved. In Zoning Inspector and Property Maintenance Official LaValle’s report, a variety of complaints and property maintenance and zoning violations are being investigated. Mayor Hopper reported that several new subdivisions in Genoa Township have recently been approved by the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission. He commented that the economy is improving and development is increasing.